I’ve spent most of this week resting my shins:
- Sunday 20th April – rest day (I barely moved)
- Monday 21st April – hot yoga
- Tuesday 22nd April – kettlebells
- Wednesday 23rd April – LAB (Legs, Abs, Booty – awful, awful name, good class for running fitness)
- Thursday 24th April – rest day
- Friday 25th April – gentle run (woohoo!)
- Saturday 26th April – hot yoga
I went for a very gentle run on Friday to see if 11 days rest had made any difference to my shins. I’m cautiously optimistic that I’m mended – I didn’t have any pain while I was running, and just felt ‘aware’ of my shins after, rather than actually feeling any pain.
It was probably my slowest run in years. I was nervous about my shins and incredibly stiff and sore from kettlebells and LAB. (Standing up made me wince, going up stairs made me groan, and I was doing an involuntary pimp walk.) I was really surprised by just how stiff I was – not crosstraining regularly for the last month or so has obviously hit my strength a lot. I’ve bought a cheapo TRX-style trainer (pictured above) so I can do loads of pistol squats etc at home, so I’ve got no excuse not to keep up the habit.
I have a place in the Bluebell 10k tomorrow, and I’m going to give it a go. There’s a very real chance that I’ll finish last. Better a bruised ego than bruised shins though.